Wednesday, October 9, 2013

DATELIINE: Paris (3)

Paris when it drizzles, like today, is just as wonderful as when it's dry and bright.

This is the view out of our living room window down toward the rue des Carmes.  If you were to turn left at the corner you would find yourself in the shadow of the Panthéon; if you go straight ahead down a narrow walkway you would be face to face with the Sorbonne.  Turn right, go down the hill and there's the Maubert Metro and the street market.  Great location.  Anyway, it started raining just as Mr. C stepped out to go to the market for a nice bottle of white to go with our mushroom quiche for dinner.

First thing this morning we went to do a bit of shopping.  The Great Underwear Hunt was a complete success.  Then we went on a "light bulb" hunt but came up empty.  I don't really even know where to look for one.  I think if I can find a Monoprix I'll have luck.  Now I have to find one.  They're sort of like a Target, with a little bit of everything.  We went by Le Roi de Pot au Feu, checked the menu and decided that, unlike in our youth, we just couldn't eat that much food.  (When we got back home I checked the restaurant on the internet and, at least at, it gets lousy reviews.  So it's just as well we skipped it.  We've been there a couple of times in the past and loved it, once on a particularly cold and stormy day and it was just what we needed!  So we came home, had a big bowl of vegetable soup and a baguette and were just as happy.

We have spent the afternoon plotting our outings for the next few days.  I found a terrific web site that will give explicit Metro connections from one stop to another all over the city so we don't have to spend time loitering in the halls of the Metro trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B without going to connecting stops that will take us nowhere.   Tomorrow it's either the Cluny or up to the Marmottan (mainly Monet).  Mr. C is eager to go to Père Lechaise, the huge cemetery.  We'll check  out jim Morrison's grave and the tributes that, even after all these years, are left there in remembrance.

If we can manage to do one thing per day, aside from marketing, we should be able to get through quite a few things on our list in two weeks.  Oh yes, I almost forgot all the restaurants we want to visit or revisit.  No time to waste . . .